The excitement of pilot season continues!
The CW has given a pilot greenlight to three separate projects, each in a slightly different vein. Kicking things off is 'The Hundred,' a post-apocalyptic series that is being likened to the classic novella "The Lord of the Flies." The logline for 'The Hundred' is:
"97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with dark secrets back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet."
The series is based on an upcoming series of novels of same name, which is amazingly aimed at an adult audience. Given the massive influx of Young Adult or Teen properties being developed into feature films and television series, it is nice to see a series join 'Game of Thrones' as a literary adaptation aimed at an adult audience. The upcoming series of novels is written by Kass Morgan.
'The Hundred' is in a similar vein to 'The Selection,' another CW pilot that was ordered weeks ago. While 'The Hundred' is reminiscent of "The Lord of the Flies," 'The Selection' seems a loose take-off on "The Hunger Games" series of novels.
Continuing with this influx of high-concept, anti-realism series, CW also ordered 'Oxygen,' an alien science fiction series about a potential invasion of Earth.
"Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since."
Wow, it's actually pretty impressive that they've taken the star-crossed lovers trope and actually made them cross the stars.
Meredith Averill ('The Good Wife') is writing and directing 'Oxygen,' adding to her already full plate. What 'The Selection,' 'The Hundred' and now 'Oxygen' each have in common is the teenage lead roles. Lots of young, fresh faces en route to The CW in the Fall.
Rounding out the list of greenlit pilots is a high-concept historical drama with--gasp--a teenage female lead. 'Reign' is based on the life story of Mary Queen of Scots, who rose to power when she was only fifteen years old. The logline:
"The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue."
Here's hoping they hold back on some of the sexual intrigue until she's a few years older...
What do you think of these pilot orders from The CW?